Michael always liked the idea of painting Strone Point, which is just a short journey from McInroy’s Point in Gourock. The opportunity arose when Michael was commissioned by Clydeport Authority’s then chairman Mr John Mather – one of many commissions from Clydeport over the years. Mr Mather laid on a motor vessel from Victoria Harbour in Greenock and Michael was soon on his way to Strone Point.
A tall ship was anchored near the jetty and there was no doubt it would be included in the composition. The cottage-like houses added character to the waterfront, standing out from the trees behind them. While the motor vessel was placed in front of the jetty to give the painting scale.
One of the houses is marked with smoke coming from the chimney – the house belonging to Mr Mather’s aunt. The woods behind provided the work with some colour, and the reflections enhanced the calm waters. It’s also worth noting that the castle at the top of the hill was a motif for a famous thread company in Paisley called Coats.